Mr. Robot looks like it could be a great show. Episode 1 introduced the main character, Elliot, a socially-isolated nerd who struggles with how society is controlled by corporations. One of the cool things about Elliot's character is that he's not socially isolated because he's a nerd, rather, it's because he prefers that — or at least it seems that way. The videography does a good job of showing enough of computer screens for one to see that it's legitimate, current technology, and so that people who actually understand what's going on know that it's accurate information and not just made up. 

John C. Dvorak, columnist and co-host of No Agenda, called it, "[T]he best portrayal of a hacker I've ever seen", and I am inclined to agree with him.

The full pilot episode is available online, and the show will start on USA Networks later this month. (Hopefully those suits don't mess it up.)

Oh, it also has great episode titles.

Last night, finally, I started a new project: learning how to make ginger beer. When we were in South Africa, I tried and drank it a lot. I also learned the fun, Swahili name: tangawizi. I had tried ginger beer a few times at Jamaican restaurants before, but it wasn't the same. In South Africa, I probably tried 10 different kinds, all but one being home-made and sold at markets. (The other one was Stoney, a version made by Coca-Cola by just adding flavour to carbonated water.) I started my first batch yesterday, and if all goes well, I'll have freshly-made ginger beer for myself in a week or so. Let's see how it goes!

I've found that, even for small, fun, personal projects, I do a much better job if I set a schedule and stick to it. Because of this, I'm setting the following scheduled to-do items for myself:

  • Finish the Joomla-based redesign of my site by 20 June
  • Set a time that, every week, I come up with at least one blog post
  • Read one book by the end of each calendar month, and therefore commute via transit often enough to do this
  • Finish researching some interesting home-brewed drinks and actually try making one

I feel like this was a bit of a mid-year resolution, so let's see how this goes. (Setting a reminder to see how I do in 6 months.)